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Registering a death

Find out when, where and how to register a death in Rochdale borough.

When to register a death

You need to register a death within 5 days.

Who can register a death

Who can register a death depends on the circumstances of the death.

See who can register a death on GOV.UK

Where to register a death

A death has to be registered in the district where it took place. You'll be required to make a telephone appointment.

How to register a death

  1. You'll only be able to register the death once the doctor or coroner has emailed us the relevant documentation. Your doctor will advise you accordingly.
  2. Ring us to make an appointment once you know the documentation has been issued.
  3. We'll confirm your appointment time by email and let you know what information you'll require for your appointment.
  4. We'll ring you back at the agreed time to register the death, over the phone.
  5. Once the death is registered you can then purchase death certificates. You can pay by phone and we'll post them out to you. 

What to do after someone dies on GOV.UK .

Ring us on 01706 924784 to make an appointment to register a death in Rochdale

How much it costs

It's FREE to register a death. However it costs:

  • £11 to purchase a standard death certificate at the time of registration. Central government set the price for certificates.
  • £75 to apply for a correction if you find a mistake on the death certificate after it's signed. Or £90 if the correction needs to be considered by the Registrar General.

You can pay for another copy or a replacement copy of the death certificate at any time after registering. Apply for a copy death certificate

Notifying organisations of a change in circumstances - Tell us once

When you register a death we can tell government departments and local authority services about the death through our 'Tell us Once' service. The service is free and you can choose which organisations will be told. 

When you ring to make a telephone appointment to register a death you'll be offered this service.

Organisations we can notify​

Government servicesCouncil services
Department for Work and PensionsBlue Badges
The Pension ServiceAdult Care Services
Disability and Carers ServiceChildren's Services
Jobcentre PlusCollection of payment for Council services
HM Revenue & CustomsLicensing
Child BenefitElectoral Services
Tax CreditsCouncil Tax/Business rates
Identity and Passport ServiceHousing and Local Council Tax Support

Information you'll need for the 'Tell us Once' service

  • Their National Insurance number and date of birth
  • Details of any benefits or services they were receiving.
  • Their death certificate.
  • Their driving licence or driving licence number.
  • Their passport or passport number.
  • Their Blue Badge.

We may also ask for information about:

  • Their next of kin, including their national insurance number.
  • Any surviving husband, wife or civil partner.  
  • Anybody who is getting child benefit on their behalf.
  • The person dealing with the estate.

You must obtain the agreement of the next of kin or person dealing with the estate if you're going to provide information about them. 


01706 924784 (note: phone lines can be very busy)

Phone: Monday–Friday 9am–4.45pm.
Fax: 0844 963 231

Rochdale Register Office
Number One Riverside
Smith Street 
Rochdale OL16 1XU

Opening hours

Monday–Friday: 9am–4.15pm
(On the last Tuesday of each month, the office opens at 10.30am)
Saturday and Sunday: ceremonies only

Birth registration, death registration and giving notice of marriage – by prior appointment only